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Bed management 'cannot be aided by predicting admission at A&E'


Triage nurses cannot predict whether patients attending accident and emergency require admission with sufficient accuracy so as to aid bed management, researchers from Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust have noted.

They assessed whether nurses performing triage in a large urban hospital could predict whether 2,848 patients would ultimately be admitted or discharged from A&E.

The authors said: “Predicting admission at triage is not sufficiently accurate to inform hospital in-patient bed management systems. The decision to admit can only be determined after a comprehensive clinical work up and patients cannot be accurately ‘signposted’ during the triage process.”


Readers' comments (3)

  • Yes, good really that this study has found this. I don't believe bed management needs to be an issue for Triage nurses. Hospital management and bed managers do so like to force their pressures down onto frontline staff, it's really not needed in Triage as well surely.

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  • They needed a study to tell them this? I could have told them that for free along with a smack to the back of the head and an order to let me get on with my work!

    At the end of the day, bed management wouldn't even be needed if the idiots at the top stopped shutting wards down and gave us enough beds for the patients coming in in the first place!

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  • michael stone

    mike | 8-Nov-2011 10:49 am

    'They needed a study to tell them this?' I think that, a LOT !

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